Mbalo Brief – November 2017

Black Friday is coming to our stores once again. This is one holiday that is known to usher in the festive season shopping and most shoppers always welcome it with excitement as it gives them a perfect opportunity to do their Christmas shopping or buy the goods they have been eyeing for a while at   read more »

Mbalo Brief – October 2017

The month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month with the objective of educating the public about mental health and to reduce the stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness. Mental health problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and stress are common, and affect individuals, families and the broader community. In   read more »

Mbalo Brief – September 2017

Post the apartheid era (1994), the Nobel Peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu nicknamed South Africa a “Rainbow Nation” as a reference to the diversity of the country’s population; and also a way of encouraging the unity of the different people of the country following decades of racial division, ethnic segregation and language discrimination. South   read more »

Mbalo Brief – August 2017

Every year, South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. While making their way there, they sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion:   read more »

Mbalo Brief- July 2017

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” These are the words of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Every year on 18 July, people across the globe   read more »

Mbalo Brief- June 2017

In this month of June, South Africans commemorate the 1976 June 16 uprising when more than 15 000 students in Soweto took to the streets to march against the Bantu education policies. Every year, June 16 is National Youth Day and is declared a public holiday. Although the youth of 1976 fought against unequal education   read more »

Mbalo Brief- May 2017

Temperatures across the country have begun to drop; this tells us that winter is here. As a result, many households and companies are starting to use electrical appliances to keep the cold away. This usually results in higher electricity bills. One of the ways in which consumers can cut high electricity costs is through house   read more »

Mbalo Brief- April 2017

On 27 April, South Africans celebrate Freedom Day, to commemorate the day on which the first democratic elections were held in South Africa in 1994. This day has since been celebrated annually in South Africa since the first non-racial democratic elections, marking the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new government   read more »

Mbalo Brief- March 2017

On 21 March 1960, 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered in Sharpeville to protest against the pass laws (stipulations that required black Africans to carry pass books [dompas] and produce them to law enforcement officials on request). This day became an iconic date in   read more »

Mbalo Brief- February 2017

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) aims to bring more easy to understand statistics to the people of South Africa in 2017 and beyond. This was shown through the commitment by Stats SA to host the first ever United Nations World Data Forum. The forum was held on 15 to 18 January 2017 at the International   read more »